Declaration signers honored on Independence Day | The Augusta Chronicle

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Jul

Declaration signers honored on Independence Day | The Augusta Chronicle

With a mighty tug on a miniature Liberty Bell, 8-year-old Hannah Hanby and her brothers and sisters remembered Georgia’s three signers of the Declaration of Independence in downtown Augusta.

After each chime sounded in honor of Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall and George Walton, Hannah’s father, James Hanby Sr., smiled – happy he had brought youthful energy to the city’s third annual Fourth of July ceremony at the Signers’ Monument, which covers the remains of Hall and Walton. Gwinnett was buried in Savannah’s Colonial Park Cemetery, but the location of his grave has been forgotten.

“Independence Day represents America’s beginning,” Hannah Hanby said. “We should remember those who led the way.”

More than 50 people gathered along Greene Street on Thursday, not only to pause and pay respect to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence, but also to celebrate and call for the preservation of Augusta’s Signers’ Monument, dedicated July 4, 1848.

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